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  1. 3 minutes ago, SaschaFranck said:

     

    I appreciate your thoughtful reply. Yet, it's nothing for me. I said byebye to racks for good reasons and enjoy to create my sounds from just a floorboard since a long while already (before taking the modeler route all I needed was a clean pedal platform amp). Fwiw, apart from the price, it's the main reasons why I don't think I will ever get an Axe FX (even if i checks a lot of my boxes).

    Also, I absolutely like the capacitive switches of the Floor when it comes to quick onstage edits.

    And finally, the Rack won't help with the lack of LED brightness, which is my main issue. Sure, in case you got the Rack you probably don't need the Line 6 Floorboard anymore and could just use any decent MIDI controller offering sufficient visibility - so that'd likely be what I'd do. But then, as said, I turned into a "everything in my pedalboard" (plus some utilities in a bag) guy long time ago already and enjoy it a lot (FTR, in my hometown, I don't use the car for gigs anymore but prefer a little bike trailer, plus I'm traveling to gigs by train quite sometimes).

     

    Fwiw, nice setups you've got there. Do you use them separately or combined, too?

     

    Fair enough. :)

     

    As for my setup, yes and no. Pedalboard it's basically reproducing my typical setup on my average Helix patch, so it's redundant in terms of stuff I need. I'm now moving more on the pedalboard (quicker, more reliable, tone is better), and using Helix just for record and get a better routing for specific projects, but I'm fading out form using it outside the studio/home.

  2. What about switching to Helix Rack? This way you'd have the main LCD in a completely different angle, and you can put it where you want. Also much easier to protect from the light.

     

    You also said you do a lot of "on the fly" editing, so this is another good reason to use a rack.

     

    I do use a rack, never had a problem under any kind of light, direct, diffuse, whatever.

     

    Another good thing of using a rack, in daylight conditions, it's that you can put fans on the back to the rack, to control overheating, which can be really bad under the sun, on a Helix floor. 

     

    Just food for thought... :)

     

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  3. 18 minutes ago, SaschaFranck said:

     

    No. And from all I know, they only make matters worse. Besides, it wasn't any kind of weather to wear sunglasses.

     

    It would make it worse if Helix LCD were already sporting a polarized screen, which I don't think it is, since this should black out the vision through a polarized lens, and it doesn't (at least not on my Helix)... If you do this with an iPhone, which does indeed use a polarized LCD screen, then yeah, it would make it basically black.

     

    Anyway, was just an idea. In theory, you could achieve same thing using a polarized film for LCD screens, this should absorb a big part of glare, making the screen much more readable under direct light. With sunglasses, you would also see scribble strips and footswitch rings.

     

    I quickly did a short clip using a polarized lens for camera, just to show what I mean.

     

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/p5ct2lm7xgr5xcy/IMG_2872.mov?dl=0

     

    More reference; http://www.lcdparts.net/Film3D.aspx

  4. 23 hours ago, SaschaFranck said:

    Fwiw, played two outdoor gigs during the last 3 days. No direct sunlight at all, very cloudy (even dark clouds and some rain which required covering the entire stage...). In other words: That's something that should sort of be doable. But it's not. Apart from the brighter scribble strip text (and even that was problematic), I could see barely anything, LED rings are completely invisible (regardless of selected color), on the screen the only thing I could vaguely guess where the active blocks. Adjusting parameters required holding my hand over the screen so it would be a little darker.

     

    This is quite dissapointing and while I could imagine to come up with a solution (or two) for direct sunlight, I wouldn't happen to know what to do under such diffuse light conditions. In case things go well (end of the C19 desaster), next year will come with plenty of outdoor gigs and the conditions will likely be quite similar to those during the last 3 days. In a nutshell, I'm seriously considering something else for my live needs. I rely on quick on the fly adjustments too often (a lot of my gigs are "cold starters" without any intense rehearsals, if at all), but under diffuse, yet rather bright lightning conditions, these almost become guesswork.

    Not sure whether Line 6 could update, say, the color coding of the main screen sufficiently (given they would have any interest at all), they could possibly offer an option for the scribble strips to become inverted when active, but that would still not solve the screen issues.

     

    This is really sad because I was quite happy with my sound and even got compliments from bandmates, FOH guys and some friends in the audience. But steering blind unfortunately is a serious issue for me.

     

    Have you tried wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses?

  5. I installed the 1.06 on my brother's G10T, and battery duration seems pretty much the same (average 2h), but the erratic led flashing (red, then green then red, then red flashing base, white etc. etc..), seems fixed. Dunno if battery behavior will improve on next discharge/charge cycle, I'll keep monitoring it, but I guess what they fixed is the bad charger-receiver/transmitter communication, in warm environments (which would kinda explain the randomness of the glitches)...

  6. There is a firmware (1.06) for the G10T. Should take care of the flashing glitches. Not sure will improve the battery charge lifespan, but I'm happy they quickly reacted to a evident issue.

     

    "We have determined that certain Relay® G10T wireless transmitters with v1.05 firmware may not charge optimally within warm environments. The v1.06 firmware update addresses this issue to ensure correct charging behavior, as well as improving the response of the LED to more accurately display charging status.

    The v1.06 update also incorporates the important safety updates from the v1.05 firmware released in March of this year."

  7. There is a firmware (1.06) for the G10T. Should take care of the flashing glitches. Not sure will improve the battery charge lifespan, but I'm happy they quickly reacted to a evident issue.

     

    "We have determined that certain Relay® G10T wireless transmitters with v1.05 firmware may not charge optimally within warm environments. The v1.06 firmware update addresses this issue to ensure correct charging behavior, as well as improving the response of the LED to more accurately display charging status.

    The v1.06 update also incorporates the important safety updates from the v1.05 firmware released in March of this year."

     

  8. 8 hours ago, Lone_Poor_Boy said:

     

    I'm assuming Tap thought that Pier meant by the comment "Also not even sure it's doable just with DSPs..." that the Helix couldn't do an analog pedal.  What Pier MEANT, I'm pretty sure, is would it have the DSP capacity to do the 'FreqOut' without eating up too much?  Like the Looper addition issue.

     

    Could be wrong on one or all of my assumptions.

     

    I was just wondering if Helix has all the hardware that's needed to drive a similar effect, but I have seen the Freqout board, and indeed looks all driven by a DSP and a Bios...so, I think would be all a matter to write the correct algo. I was wrong in my doubt. :)

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  9. 2 hours ago, donkelley said:

    I know this is an old post I'm replying to, but that statement seems unlikely.

     

    I believe the issue is that Catalina no longer supports 32bit software, correct?  That's not an issue, it's a design decision.  There's nothing to fix in the OS related to this change.  It just shows that finally the world is moving past legacy 32bit software officially, and it's time for developers to build everything as 64bit applications.

     

    Hence, if the product is still supported by line6, it must have a 64bit version.

     

    If, in fact, the problem is related to 64bit requirement, not something else (if there is a problem at all from the OP's question.... it's unclear to me if there actually is any trouble with current line6 apps on catalina).

     

    Honestly I don't know. I just posted what I've read from a L6 guy over here, or TGP, don't remember. :)

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  10. Maybe they also approach tasks by priority, doing pedals that most people wants and/or that have some "heritage". Freqout is cool, but it's something you use couple of times, in a song o two.... and that's it.

     

    Also not even sure it's doable just with DSPs...

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  11. 59 minutes ago, brue58ski said:

     

    Of course if you increase the outputs signal level it won't be unity. The unity I am referring to is if the path is totally clear with no blocks at all, the signal going in is the same going out when the output is set at 0dB. That's what unity is in this regard.

     

    This. 

  12. Volume on the Helix maxed out, that's the best SNR you can get, out from the Helix. Remember that knob it's a pure volume, not a gain.

     

    Doing the opposite it's "producing" more noise from both the circuits.

  13. On 8/14/2020 at 2:16 PM, laserlevelhub said:

    I have one question about the Helix.  Is the Line 6 Helix a TRUE BYPASS unit like the M13?

     

    No. Even with all block bypassed, you have DSP bypass, aka ADA Conversion, which adds its own noise floor and stuff.

     

    HX Stomp has DSP or True Bypass.

  14. I dont buy the mantra "L6 wont read". Saaaaame story happened with mediocre reverbs complains (that L6 then improved), with the sloppy tuner complains (that L6 then improved), with meters (that L6 then implemented) and many other things that people asked and complained about, over here...and that later L6 properly implemented or adjusted. It's their flagship product, they read and they care. ;)

    (I also work for a software/hardware company, and I can assure you the marketing guys are always reading everything out there on the web.)

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  15. On 8/2/2020 at 3:46 AM, ProfM said:

    OK, it’s been MONTHS since the bug-filled firmware update for the G10 was released. It hasn’t fixed anything on either unit. It has turned what was a reliable, simple to use wireless joy, into a nightmare of charging weirdness, 30 minutes to battery dying after a full charge, when I was getting 6 to 8 hours of battery life before the upgrade. 

    I followed the Firmware instructions to the letter,  I updated both the transmitter and the receiver, and now my G10 gear might as well be paperweights.

    Unless Line 6 gets its stuff together and gives us a bug-fix update for the unit, I will replace it with the Boss, or Shure or any brand other than a Line 6. I have recommended the G10 to several fellow musicians, but if you don’t do something about this I’m afraid there is nothing to do but bad mouth your product, whenever asked.
    I don’t know if this is a lack of support from the Calabasas Hdqtrs, or the owner, Yamaha, but this is just infuriating to have an “improvement” render one of my gear favorites into metal and plastic junk. 

    If it was so important for us to ugrade, then show us some respect, Line 6, and FIX THE PROBLEM ASAP.

     

    I've got the Boss WL50, and returned after less than 2 weeks. It does sounds terrible (dirt and muddy on the highs, also tends to breakup easily), so I'm not sure it's gonna be a good replacement. This is why I'm so upset...the G10 was a so great little toy, a game changer with virtually no impact on tone and playability. I really miss it. :/

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